Holy rocks, that's awesome! I thought this was a photo at first. After I read the description, I still wanted it to be a photo. I wanted to believe that you had experienced this scene in real life. It's not so far fetched. I know that many places throughout the far west host annual balloon festivals. I saw something similar to this during a balloon festival in Spring Creek, Nevada twelve years ago, but I did not have a very powerful camera with me, and even if I had, my viewpoint did not provide such ideal composition and lighting, and that region does not feature such striking rock formations. As a manip, this still rocks! I could fall in love with an imagination that envisions so many hot air balloons drifting peacefully above such a magnificent landscape. Thank you for sharing this!
Now I am imagining what it would be like to ride shotgun in that SUV in that place at that moment in time.